The battle for Te Tai Tokerau is extremely close according to the latest Māori Television Reid Research Poll results for the region.
The results revealed last night on the final Native Affairs – Kōwhiri 14 Māori electorate debate showed sitting MP Hone Harawira was on 38% while right on his heel was Labour’s Kelvin Davis with 37%.
Te Hira Paenga of the Māori Party sits at 9.4% and Independent MP Clinton Dearlove is on 1.4%.
Poll results also showed 44.6% of voters in Te Tai Tokerau did not agree with the Internet MANA coalition while 42.8% agreed it was a good partnership, 12.6% of participants didn’t know.
However Hone Harawira disputed the results saying he conducted hui throughout the electorate prior to making the decision and the majority of those who participated in the hui he held were in agreement and understood the reasoning behind the pairing of the two parties.
The two most important issues highlighted by Te Tai Tokerau voters were the Cost of Living which received 96% and Education which received 97%.
When voters in the region were asked which Party they preferred, the Internet MANA party still had a relatively high percentage of support on 25% with Labour ahead of all the other parties on 39%.
With the election looming all Parties and candidates are making the last minute dash to gather as much support as they can before New Zealand decides who will govern the country this Saturday.